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Marid
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Faction CSAT
Type Armoured Personnel Carrier
Seats 11 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 1× Commander
  • 8× Passengers
Item capacity Max: 3000 mass
  • 12× Weapons
  • 128× Magazines
  • 12× Backpacks
Top speed 96 km/h on land

10 km/h in water

Fuel capacity 60 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× Remote RCWS 12.7 mm HMG
  • 1× Remote RCWS 40 mm GMG
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 1× Smoke Generator
Variants None
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The MSE-3 Marid is a wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier that is used by Mediterranean and Pacific CSAT forces in ArmA 3.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Fire support
« The MSE-3 Marid is an amphibious 6-wheeled APC used by the OPFOR army. It's an agile and maneuverable vehicle with a low silhouette and compact size. Its reliability and maintenance costs match the western APCs. It's fitted as standard with an RCWS turret with 40mm GMG and 6.5mm LMG and is able to carry up to 8 soldiers in the cargo space.
Field Manual
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Design

The MSE-3 is a 6x6 armoured personnel carrier that can be adapted to suit many roles, not limited to but including reconnaissance, troop transport, and fire support.

Armament
It is fitted with an RCWS turret that is armed with a dual-mount 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.

The turret's HMG feeds from a single 200-round belt of 12.7 mm ammunition and has a further three belts in reserve.

The GMG on the other hand, is pre-loaded with a single 96-round linked belt that has 40 mm grenades fitted with high-explosive (HE) warheads. Unlike the HMG, the GMG only has a single belt that it can reload from.

Features
A relatively compact-sized APC, the MSE-3 serves as the primary battlefield taxi for both Mediterranean and Pacific CSAT forces.

Where it lacks in firepower it makes up for in mobility; it is amphibious-capable, and can ford across water channels while providing suppression for dismounted troops.

Mobility
It has smooth handling both on- and off-road, and has a decent turn rate even on sharp corners. It's also quite fast, and is only just slightly slower than NATO's AMV-7 Marshall IFV.

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Mediterranean CSAT MSE-3 providing escort for a convoy of Zamak trucks. Note the turned-out driver position.

Drawbacks
A consequence of its enhanced mobility is its protection. Unlike its wheeled counterparts used by both NATO and the AAF, the MSE-3 has the least amount of armour plating.

Even with slat cages fitted to its hull, the MSE-3 stands little chance against anything remotely resembling medium/heavy anti-tank weaponry. Though a few hits from the RPG-7 can be shrugged off, the MAAWS Mk4 and CSAT's own RPG-42 will shred the MSE-3 if it's left exposed to either threat.

At the same time, its RCWS turret suffers from the same issues as the (tracked) IFV-6c Panther; it lacks the same kind of firepower of NATO's Marshall IFV and the AAF's Gorgon which would enable it to tackle threats beyond infantry and other unarmoured soft targets.

While it provides as much protection as a paper hat against anti-vehicle weapons, it is still decently armoured enough to at least be able to protect its crew and passengers from non-large explosives. Small arms fire from calibres of up 12.7 mm can also be resisted, though some sections of the hull remain vulnerable (an example being the rear hatch windows).

Crew Capacity
The MSE-3 has a seating capacity of eleven personnel including the crew. The crew includes the driver, gunner and commander.

Camouflage

  • Hex: Arid Hexacam camouflage pattern. Useful for forested, grass plains, and desert environments. Changes any applied camo nets to use a two-tone desert camouflage pattern.
  • Green Hex: Tropical Hexacam pattern camouflage. This is used in heavily forested and tropic environments. Attached camo netting will use a two-tone woodland camouflage pattern

Components

  • Slat Cage (Hull): Attaches slat cages around the entire hull except for the turret. Slat cages will protect the MSE-3 from non-AP munitions but can be destroyed after multiple hits.
  • Camo Net (Hull): Drapes most of the hull in camouflage netting (the turret itself is not covered). Partially conceals covered sections from thermal sensors.

Trivia

  • The Marid is based on the real-world 6x6 variant of the "Arma", a Turkish-made APC designed by Otokar.
  • Marid translates to "rebellious" in Arabic, and is often synonymous with demons.

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See also

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration